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12 Low-Carb Diets: Keto, Low-Carb Paleo, Atkins, and More |


When is a low-carb diet not just a low-carb diet? When there’s a different name to it. And with the popularity of low-carb living for purported weight loss and health benefits, many people are turning to the diet in all its various forms. Because most Americans eat more than 200 grams (g) of carbohydrates per day, dipping lower than that is going to be, in a form, a lower-carb diet, says Kelly Schmidt, RD, LDN, a nutrition consultant in Columbus, Ohio.

Indeed, the Mayo Clinic points out that carbohydrates ought to make up 45 to 65 percent of an individual’s daily calories. In a 2,000-calorie diet, this means a typical person takes in 900 to 1,300 calories from carbs, or 225 to 325 g of carbs, per day.

The low-carb trend isn’t slowing down, and some research suggests that eating that way does help people lose weight — at least in the short-term. However, some researchers are warning that it may not be safe as a permanent eating approach. In one study, researchers concluded that people who ate the least amount of carbs had the highest risk of death from cardiovascular disease, stroke, and cancer.

RELATED: Which Is Better for Health and Weight Loss: Low-Carb or Low-Fat?




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